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  • Hampsthwaite Bridge - photo

    "Hampsthwaite Bridge over the River Nidd. Built in 1598, rebuilt 1640, alterations made in the 19th century. I have been wanting to photograph this bridge for a while now; today the winter light, the sparse vegetation and the mottled snow that remained on the bank of a feeder drain, were perfect."Simon HillJanuary 17th 2021(click photo to return to full article)
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    Previous announcements and updates from UK Gov and ACRE
  • DT Forge

    DT Forge exists to promote good craftsmanship in a rich variety of materials, using traditional hand crafting techniques, supplemented by modern tooling and processes. Products range from original designs in high quality materials to artefacts made by sensitive recycling of iconic objects with the aim of extending their lifespan. "Making something out of the ordinary, out of the ordinary”
  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    The Memorial Hall Management Committee has taken steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
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  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
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Affordable housing for local people - FREE workshops
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Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Broadband - November 2016


Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Transport - November 2016

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Spotlight on Rural Health

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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 14 November, 2016

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Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty - November 2016
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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 31 October, 2016

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Nidderdale Plus AGM
You are invited to attend our
Annual General Meeting
on Thursday 17th November 2016 at 7.30pm at
Bishopside and Bewerley Memorial Hall, Park Road,
Pateley Bridge, HG3 5JS.

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Community-led Housing in rural North and East Yorkshire: Parish Council Survey

Rural Action Yorkshire has begun a project to look at the potential for community-led housing in North and East Yorkshire. Part of the work involves establishing the level of interest across the area. Parish and Town Councils can have a key role in supporting or providing community led housing schemes.

The aim of this survey is to find out if community-led housing might make a difference in your village or town and whether, as a Parish Council, you would like to find out more about it.

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing schemes have six main features:

·         They put local communities in the driving seat - You decide where homes are built, what they look like and decide how local people are selected for the homes provided. You create community assets which can generate income for your town or village to support other local priorities

·         They are usually small scale – most developments are less than 10 homes and some are much smaller. No two developments are the same.

·         Although most schemes are usually set up and run by local people in their own communities, many are also supported by housing associations, local authorities or regional and national organisations

·         They provide affordable homes for rent, shared ownership, sale or self-build on sites that are often difficult or even impossible for mainstream housing providers to develop

·         Schemes meet long-term local housing needs, by the community exercising full control over how and where the homes are provided and retaining a legal and/or financial interest in them, ensuring they will be available to local people who need them and at a price they can afford.

·         Community-led housing is not for profit, involving considerable voluntary effort from those who decide to become involved. It’s an effort that several hundred communities across the country have already made, with many successful developments initiated by Parish Councils.

Community-led housing schemes are becoming very popular across the UK, but there is currently only one scheme in North and East Yorkshire. This project aims to change that by encouraging more communities here to take up the challenge. Let’s put community-led housing on the map!

The survey will remain open for responses until the 31st October 2016. However, to encourage early responses, all surveys received back by 23rd September 2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 towards the work of either your Parish Council or Village Hall.

Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 8 August, 2016

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Families urged to come forward for help with winter bills

ONE-OFF GRANTS are available to families and individuals on low incomes in the run-up to winter.

More than 20 energy companies offer the Warm Home Discount scheme, which gives eligible customers a one-off grant towards their electricity bill or prepayment meter during the winter.

Schemes are set to open from around August time, and the payment is expected to remain the same as previous years at £140.

Families on low incomes or welfare are encouraged to get ahead of the queue and register their interest now with the support of the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project, which seeks to raise awareness of cold homes.

Although criteria for the grant varies according to the energy supplier, generally customers qualify automatically if they are in receipt of the Guarantee element of Pension Credit.

Households might also be eligible for the payment if they receive certain means-tested benefits or have an annual income of less than £16,000 and there is a child under-5, someone with a disability, or someone elderly living at the property. In this case residents have to apply for the £140.

Kate Urwin, the Yorkshire Energy Doctor, who is working with Warm and Well said:

“Customers can either apply online via their electricity supplier or call them up. It is a good idea to get in quickly as some schemes are first come first served and close when they have reached their maximum number of applicants.

“The £140 payment can go a long way to easing financial pressure on families during the winter, and is set up in such a way that it reaches those who need it the most.”

For support with the Warm Home Discount application as well as with wider energy matters such as debt or switching, families are also able to contact Kate directly. She can be reached on 07738 818391 or 01757 249100.

Families can also talk to Warm and Well in North Yorkshire for a wider variety of support around being cold at home. Please visit or call 01904 704177.

Editor’s Notes

Media contact: Candice Dowson, Project Manager, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.

Warm and Well in North Yorkshire
Warm & Well in North Yorkshire (WWNY) is a winter health and fuel poverty project led by Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY), and delivered by over 30 partners covering all 7 districts in the county. It is funded by British Gas Energy Trust’s Healthy Homes fund.
The project will run from October 2015 to December 2016, focussing on the colder months and the important run-up to winter.

Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 1 August, 2016

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Northern Powergrid - July newsletter

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Rural Vulnerability Service - Rural Broadband - July 2016

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Nidderdale Strategic Partnership - an invitation!

I do hope that a member of your parish council will be able to attend the next meeting of the wider membership of the Nidderdale Strategic Partnership, to be held on Thursday 8 September, 10am to 12noon - I attach our agenda and notes from the wider meeting held in June 2015, for information. The Nidderdale Strategic Partnership is a forum whose Executive Group meets every other month to discuss issues and priorities affecting the Nidderdale area. The annual meeting of the wider membership provides an opportunity for an update from the Executive Group and a chance for a wide variety of organisations working in the area to highlight their current issues, concerns and priorities. Please RSVP - I look forward to hearing from you. Please note that the meeting will take place at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church.
Best wishes
Katy Partnership Manager
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Weekly Email News Digest - Monday, 4 July, 2016

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Spotlight on Older People from RSN

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